College Credit and AP German

German is the only world language to offer AP for the the 4th year of language instruction at Big Walnut. After successful completion of German III Honors, students may sign-up for AP German.  

Grades on AP test range from 1-5 with '5' being the highest score. Most colleges give semester credit for a score of '3' or higher.​​  Taking AP German can translate into earning many semester hours for free!

 (AP Score)                          '3'               '4'             '5'

Ohio State                     8              12              15

Ohio University             8               9               12

Bowling Green              8              11              14

Cincinnati                     10             10              10

Toledo                            8              11              14

Akron                           11              11              14

Miami                            8               11              14

 How do students at Big Walnut do on the AP GermanTest?

95% of BWHS students have earned a ‘3’ or higher on the AP test

for the last 17 years!

Big Walnut's Grading Policy for AP German

Grades for Advanced Placement German (AP) are weighted differently with regards to grade point averages. Students who earn an 'A' in AP German, receive 5 points towards their overall GPA at Big Walnut. Students who earn a 'B', receive 4 points towards their overall GPA.

Click here to see how the college or university of your choice grants credit or advanced placement with regards to AP scores.

College Placement/Advanced Placement

Here is a list of colleges and universities attended by Big Walnut Grads and the type of placement or credit they received after having German at Big Walnut High School.  Don't forget to read quotes below from several German Program graduates! 

College/University     Advanced Placement/Credit 

Kent State                 14 semester hours

Ohio State                 8-15 semester hours

Miami University      junior year courses

Denison                     soph./junior year courses

Otterbein                   excused from requirement

Eastern Michigan     soph./junior year placement

Ohio Wesleyan          soph./junioryear placement

Toledo                        junior year placement

DePauw University   soph./junior year placement

Ohio Northern           24 credit hours

Cincinnati J                junior year placement

Quotes from German Program Graduates:

“The rigor of Big Walnut’s German program provided me with a fluency that most students don’t have upon entering college. The German Program has opened so many doors for me, and I have found something that I’m really passionate about. I know that as I continue with my education and eventual career, my experience with the German language and culture will continue to shape me as an individual and the way I choose to experience the world around me.”

Lindsey Adams, BWHS Class of 2013

University of Chicago

“I was nervous going into German class at first. But I ended up being much more prepared and was able to do really well in the class. My preparation from my high school German gave me the boost of confidence that really made the difference during my first year of college.”

Katie Berger, BWHS Class of 2012

Ohio Wesleyan

”After taking German at Big Walnut for four years, I was not only prepared for German but was advanced as a freshmen at Wittenberg. German is my easiest course and I can always count on getting an A! As a sophomore now, I only have one more class to take before completing my German major. A year and a half ahead of schedule!“

Don Hutchison, Class of 2011

Wittenberg University

"After studying German for 4 years and taking the AP test, I placed into junior level classes at Miami University. I am one of the few freshmen in the course."

Wolfie Sextion, Class of 2009

Miami University

We read the same book in AP German at BW as I did for a course at Ohio state!

Lili Seabrook, BWHS Class of 2008

The Ohio State University

"After four years of studying German at Big Walnut, I took Otterbein College's German Placement test.  I placed out of Otterbein's foreign language requirement and into the highest level of German offered. Not bad."

Wolfgang Bradley, BWHS Class of 2003

Otterbein College

"I have 20 credit hours of German, and I only had to take one class!  Pass this along to the kids in your classes!  I started out my college 'career' with credit for 3 classes I never had to take, which needless to say ROCKS!"

Sara Witter, BWHS Class of 2000

The Ohio State University

"I tested into German 212, second semester sophomore German, and I got credit for the first semester sophomore German I placed out of.  I'm not taking German 307... so, all I need now is two more credits for a minor - I'm really excited."

Mary Evans, BWHS Class of 2000

DePauw University, Indiana

"If a student has taken the AP test they go by that grade.  I received 25 credit hours for a '4'. I was pleased."

Colin Vent, BWHS Class of 2000

The Ohio State University

"I was the only person with just three years of pre-college German to go directly into the the 254 class."

Dan Strohl, BWHS Class of 1997

Ohio Wesleyan

"This fall I tested into/was placed in German 311.  I am now in German 331, and I should be finished with my minor by the end of my sophomore year."

Emily Walton, BWHS Class of 2000

Miami University

(Frau Emily Combs is now a German teacher at Teays Valley High School)